Research Assistant

Applications closed on May 1, 2024

The Center for Community Solutions provides strategic leadership and organizes community resources to improve health, social, and economic conditions through demographic research, nonpartisan policy analysis and advocacy, and communication.

A Research Assistant provides professional project support with limited guidance, working closely with the Director of Research to support Community Solutions’ research and consulting operations.

Essential job tasks

Using computers; writing; problem solving; building relationships with members of community, professionals, and decision makers; project and process management; collection and analysis of data, trends, and ideas.

Essential competencies

Teamwork; versatility; attention to detail; collection of data and data entry; ability to analyze and information and ideas; general and technical writing; proofreading; knowledge and proficient use of Microsoft Office, Outlook, and social media applications; ability to perform several tasks concurrently.

Essential job responsibilities and results

  • Schedule and manage qualitative research sessions with stakeholders.
  • Attend and take notes at qualitative research sessions.
  • Assist with research, data collection, analysis, and issue identification to develop action steps, timelines, and resources required to accomplish objectives of one or more projects.
  • Assist Director of Research in contract management
  • Serve on consulting project team(s) as requested.
  • Assist other program staff in collecting and developing program specific materials.
  • Organize topic and content information; assemble and assist in evaluation of program or project results; assist in preparing outlines, agendas, and related tasks for consulting and internal projects.
  • Serve as a member of one or more projects or teams.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Preferred Skills

  • Typically represented by a bachelor’s degree in a health-related, social sciences, or public administration field, preferably supplemented by practical field work.
  • Strong writing and verbal skills are required.
  • Must be proficient in use of a personal computer, including the following software programs: Microsoft Office; Outlook email and electronic scheduling; and social media applications.
  • Familiarity with U.S. Census data products, comfort with large data sets, statistical analysis skills and basic skills in Statistical Program for the Social Sciences (SPSS), Statistical Analysis System (SAS) and ArcView GIS are recommended but not required.

Physical demand requirements

  • Typical office environment setting with frequent sitting, reaching, standing, and walking.
  • Occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling less than 10 lbs.

Culture and benefits

The Center for Community Solutions is a non-partisan, nonprofit think tank in the health and human services landscape, committed to influencing health, social and economic conditions in Ohio.

Community Solutions is a permanent hybrid working environment. All employees are expected to work from their assigned office in Downtown Cleveland or off Capitol Square in Columbus at least two days per week. At this time, remote work locations must be within the state of Ohio.

Employees of The Center for Community Solutions are expected to be up to date on their vaccinations, including an annual flu shot and COVID-19 boosters.

All staff must understand and value racial equity as an organizational operating principle and be committed to continued learning on issues related to race, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Generous benefits package

Ample paid time off including at least 3 weeks of paid vacation, and 15 paid sick days annually, 11 paid holidays per year, and a week-long office closure between Christmas and New Year.

401(k) retirement plan with automatic employer contribution of 3% of salary plus employer match of 0.5% for every 1% of employee contribution up to 4% of salary.

Annual budget for professional development which covers conferences, trainings, and associated travel.

Tuition reimbursement opportunities for current students and support for employees seeking student loan forgiveness as employees of a nonprofit organization.

High deductible health plan with employer covering 100% of the premium for the employee’s coverage and a monthly contribution to a Health Savings Account on the employee’s behalf.

Main offices in Class A office buildings in central downtown location with lake views in Cleveland and overlooking Columbus Commons in Columbus. Access to building amenities including free access to the fitness center in the Cleveland building.

Employment and tenure with The Center for Community Solutions are based on the “at will” principle of employment. The Center for Community Solutions is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/D/SO.

Research Assistant
Reports to: Director of Research
Classification: Exempt
Salary: Grade 41, $45,000 - 55,000
Apply by Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Keeping the think in think tank

Our staff are experts in policy, data analysis, community outreach, and communications, and more than 80 percent of our staff hold advanced degrees. Our Board is comprised of executives, educators, and health professionals in legacy institutions in Northeast Ohio.

Work with Community Solutions

Agencies and organizations in Northeast Ohio and across the state contract with Community Solutions for research and data analysis to improve conditions in their communities.